EFCC Arraigns Fake COAS For Alleged N270m Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned a civilian, Bolarinwa Abiodun who had called himself a Chief of Army Staff, COAS, to access a N270 million loan from a transportation company, Kodef Clearing Resources.

Bolarinwa Abiodun was arraigned on a thirteen count charges before a Special Offences Court in Ikeja, Lagos which borders on impersonation and fraud.

According to EFCC, Bolarinwa had told the company that President Muhammdu Buhari shortlisted him for appointment as Chief of Army Staff and he needed a quick grant to process the appointment.

He however pleaded “not guilty” to all the charges.

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Subsequently, the EFCC Counsel, Abbas Muhammed, who asked for a trial date urged the court to remand him.

But the defence counsel, Mr. Kayode Lawal, told the court that the defence has file a bail applications urging court to grant them audience.

In a counter response, EFCC Counsel prayed for more time to respond to the bail application.

The presiding judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, thereafter asked parties to come on April 14, 2022 to argue the bail application.

Justice Taiwo ordered that the fake army chief to be remanded in prison custody pending determination of his bail application

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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